IBM Watson

By Jonah Comstock December 7, 2017
Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, UK has launched a new augmented reality tablet app for children to entertain, educate, and distract the hospital's young children. In Alder Play, available on iOS and Android, children can choose an animated avatar who will appear on the app as they visit different parts of the hospital and offer them entertainment, information, and support, as well as...
By Dave Muoio December 5, 2017
Last week, hundreds of digital health entrepreneurs, investors, and executives met in Boston for the annual Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit. Among the more frequently discussed trends and technologies was artificial intelligence — its promise, its stumbles, and how it should be implemented to best serve healthcare. “I started marketing Watson for Oncology in January of 2016. I’m almost...
By Jonah Comstock September 6, 2017
Questions raised about IBM Watson for Oncology. A new report from STAT suggests that IBM has been overpromising and underdelivering with the cancer treatment application of its artificial intelligence engine. The article points out a lack of independent, peer-reviewed studies validating the software, and charges that Watson "doesn’t create new knowledge and is artificially intelligent only in the...
By Heather Mack July 6, 2017
San Francisco-based Mendel.ai, a startup that is developing an artificial intelligence-powered platform to match people with cancer to clinical trials, has raised $2 million in seed funding from DCM Ventures, BootstrapLabs, Indie Bio, LaunchCapital and SOSV. Medel.ai will use the capital to forge partnerships with hospitals and cancer genomics companies to bring the system into use. For $99,...
By Heather Mack June 8, 2017
Novartis and IBM Watson are working together on a new initiative to improve cancer care. In what the pharmaceutical company called a “first-of-its-kind collaboration, the two will use IBM Watson’s cognitive computing tools to leverage Novartis’s portfolio of breast cancer compounds and real-world patient data. The goal is to use data analytics and machine learning to determine which combinations...
By Heather Mack June 2, 2017
It’s been six years since IBM first alluded to plans to build artificially intelligent physician’s assistant. Even as that mission became more concrete with a formal launch of the health-focused Watson and years of near-constant announcements and partnerships, it still hasn’t been clear just exactly what impact the cognitive computing program will have on healthcare. But newly shared data could...
By Heather Mack May 16, 2017
Austin, Texas-based MAP Health Management, which works with a variety of healthcare stakeholders to offer a remote patient monitoring and engagement platform focused on addiction treatment, is bringing cognitive computing into their toolset through a new partnership with IBM Watson Health. Over the six years since MAP Health was founded, the organization has amassed numerous partnerships...
By Jonah Comstock May 3, 2017
IBM Watson hosts AI X Prize. With the Tricorder X Prize concluded, the X Prize foundation is tackling another hot topic in healthcare: artificial intelligence. Although the IBM Watson-sponsored $5 million prize allows participants to tackle any problem they want, expect to see a number of entries in healthcare, where AI is currently a hot topic and where IBM Watson has been invested for some time...
By Heather Mack March 15, 2017
Telehealth provider InTouch Health and Dignity Health have expanded their partnership, extending InTouch’s existing services in Dignity’s acute care settings into post-acute and ambulatory facilities. With new software, tablet and care options, InTouch Health’s services can go to any patient location with a laptop, tablet or fully-integrated solution that is designed for specific conditions,...
By Heather Mack March 14, 2017
Millions of people around the world are living with arthritis. In the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control puts that figure at nearly 23 million, or one in every four adults. But as common as it is, arthritis is actually just one word used to describe the joint inflammation associated with over 200 musculoskeletal conditions that affect everyone differently. This means people who...